Augmented and Mixed Reality in Higher Education

| July 8, 2019

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For students studying art objects and historic relics, technologies like AR can superimpose encyclopedic collections of facts on the item being studied. At the University of British Columbia, for example, Siobhán McPhee, a professor of geography, developed an AR-enriched, smartphone-accessible tour focused on how development of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 19th century created social and economic changes that helped shape Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and downtown Eastside neighbourhoods.

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